Melissa Baese-Berk is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon. She is also the Director of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Certificate Program at the UO, and is the undergraduate advisor for the Department of Linguistics.
In her research, Melissa focuses on phonology and phonetics, typically examining speech perception and production, with special attention to non-native speakers and listeners. Her work has specifically addressed sources of variation in production and how that variation influences listeners in perception. She has also worked extensively on how various aspects of the perception and production systems interact.
Melissa earned her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics from Boston University, and then a PhD in Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitive Science at Northwestern University. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language and at Michigan State University before moving to Oregon.